Today the prompt from Cate is this: Sometimes as bloggers we forget to tell people about the other spaces we occupy. Today, tell your readers about your social media spaces, and any other places you can be found.
Now, I have embraced the whole social networking scene right from what was, for me, the beginning. Friends Reunited. I loved that site! It was such fun to contact people I hadn't seen or heard of for years. It was the first way of reaching out to people and find them easily. I reconnected with quite a few people from school and it was really lovely to share what we've all been up to in the last forty years. We can't have been left school that long, can we? Oh blimey, yes it is that long next year. How did I get to be so old?
Anyway, I digress (as is often the way of people of my advanced age)it was a quick hop, skip and a jump to Facebook. I signed up for that when my daughter's friend went on a gap year after leaving school in 2004. She said she would post photos of her travels on there and suggested that I join so I could see them too. I know that Facebook was never really intended for anyone of my generation but we seem to be quite prolific there nowadays. When they suspended my account for a few weeks due to some internal error a couple of years ago I was ridiculously upset. I would see a friend who would talk about something that was being shared on there and I felt like a child who's not allowed to join in the fun in the playground. As it seemed impossible to find out how to fix it I ended up making a second account, a day later they admitted their mistake and reinstated my old one! If you know me on my blog and we're not friends yet on Facebook, please do add me, I'm easy to find, just so long as you remember that my surname is Keyworth. As their are two accounts, one with the name Deb and one with Debbie please choose the right (original) one!
'Join twitter' someone said to me 'it's amazing what's on there' and sure enough I discovered several tweeters (twits?) that I knew and it sure is a good way of finding out if there are problems on the trains! I'm not much of a tweeter, but regularly check people who do.
'Text messaging is so old fashioned Mum' I was told as one of my children downloaded Whatsapp for me on my phone and the other one set up an account for me. Now I use it on a daily basis, and it's great to be able to send photos for free. Plus you get some really cute emojis. If I choose my 'frequently used' you'll see these
Does this tell you something about the messages I send? I love the fact I can set up groups and send one message to several people.
Instagram. I love Instagram. It's probably my most checked app on my phone. Although I do see more plates of food than is necessary for someone on Slimming World, it's such a fab way of photo sharing and I love using it. That was probably the reason why I was sad when I couldn't access Facebook, as they own Instagram I was locked out of that too. I think I missed Instagram most! If you use it too, please befriend me there - I'm debs14 - I can offer lots of pictures of a cute dog and once Rinda's Scavenger Hunt is underway I will be posting my finds there.
But here's the thing. I like to keep all these things separate. I don't link any account to any other. You won't see my blog details on Facebook and I don't tweet about it either. I don't know why, I just don't share my blog around. I'm more than happy to have people add me as a friend on any of those networks, if you see my name please say hello - but you'll never see a 'on my blog today ...' status update.
Do you think I should share the blog around? Do you link everything to every other thing? Let me know, maybe it's time for change!